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Sox Record Comeback Victory after Crucial Call in Sixth

April 12

Tyler Alexander pitches for Detroit against Hill, who is the oldest pitcher to start a game for the fourth year in a row (42), according to sportswriter Alex Speier. With one out in the bottom of the third, Spencer Torkelson doubles to right center for his first career hit, this one landing just out of the reach of two diving fielders. Garneau‘s single puts runners at the corners, and Torkelson scores on a groundout to make it 1-0 Tigers. With two out, Schoop hits a single to right to score Garneau and make it 2-0. On the next pitch, Báez doubles to left to score Schoop and make it 3-0 as the Sox are falling apart already. A fly out finally ends the inning. The Sox put two on with one out in the top of the fourth but grounds into a double play. Baddoo doubles to left with two out in the bottom of the inning, moving to third on a throwing error but not scoring as a groundout ends the inning.

The Sox put a runner at second with one out in the top of the sixth, and Hernández doubles in Plawiecki with a double to the right-field corner to make it 3-1. Devers singles Hernández in in turn, making it 3-2 and ending Alexander’s day. The Red Sox are back in the game! Devers moves up to second on a passed ball and scores on a Martinez double to the right-field corner that just barely falls fair and ties it at 3-3. This play is challenged by Detroit and upheld, but it is close, maybe by an inch or less. A fly out ends the inning, but that was a crucial inning for Boston. A runner is at second with nobody out in the top of the eighth after a wild pitch for Devers, who singles to left-center to bring Hernández in, moves to second on a fielding error, and puts Boston ahead 4-3, something that seemed impossible only a few innings ago. Martinez is hit, which puts two on and leads to a pitching change. With two out, Arroyo singles to left to score Devers from second and give Boston important insurance at 5-3. A sliding catch in left ends the inning and keeps the game close. Hernández doubles to right with two out in the top of the ninth, but a groundout ends the inning. Whitlock picks up the save. Red Sox pick up a surprising 5-3 win.